Four Songs: IDVex of 1/2 Southern North

“Four Songs” is a weekly feature in which a member of a band is asked “what four songs by your group would you recommend to someone who has never heard them before?” This week, Greek musician IDVex tells us what four songs she would suggest to initiate those unfamiliar with her music. 1/2 Southern North is IDVex’s one-woman band. Her music touches on many genres, … Continue reading Four Songs: IDVex of 1/2 Southern North

Aural-Visual Assaults: ‘Light Follow, Dark Stay’ by Svart Sorg

Svart Sorg are a black metal band that hail from Seoul, South Korea. I don’t know a lot about them, but I do know they are part of a “black metal circle” known as the Kvlt of Black Maria, which includes other black metal bands in the country. Upon listening to their song “Light Follow, Dark Stay,” the first thing that will jump to your … Continue reading Aural-Visual Assaults: ‘Light Follow, Dark Stay’ by Svart Sorg

Tuesday Tune at Noon: ‘Empty Streets’ by In the Woods …

In the Woods … is described as a “psychedelic black metal band” on their Wikipedia entry. Whether I agree with that remains to be seen as they are new to me and I’ve only hear a handful of songs. So far, I’m not sure what separates “psychedelic black metal” from “black metal.” “Empty Streets” is from their upcoming album Cease the Day, which will be … Continue reading Tuesday Tune at Noon: ‘Empty Streets’ by In the Woods …

Female Friday: ‘Élixir’ by Aenygmist

We’re back to the darker side of the metal spectrum this week with Quebec’s Aenygmist. Although they don’t hail from one of the Scandinavian countries, you’d be none the wiser as these Canadians fit right in. They’ve got the symphonic arrangements, the mix of shreiks and clean singing, and the Pagan angst that’s a must for any black metal band worth its salt. Aenygmist recorded … Continue reading Female Friday: ‘Élixir’ by Aenygmist

Female Friday: ‘The Whisper of the Sea’ by 1/2 Southern North

I don’t know much about 1/2 Southern North. Aside from it being a one-woman band from Greece, I can’t find much info. What I do know is that the woman behind it all is known as IDVex and she specializes in a wide range of sound. Some of it, like today’s song “Whisper of the Sea” from her 2014 two-track single Lothron, is a throwback … Continue reading Female Friday: ‘The Whisper of the Sea’ by 1/2 Southern North

Cult favorite Beherit for completists, not casual fans

Drawing Down the Moon, the 1993 album by Beherit, is something of a cult classic. It occupies that space between death metal and black metal, where the latter had yet to establish much of an identity outside of really loving Satanism-themed lyrics. I would put Samael and Acheron in the same category. “What the Hell is a Beherit?” you are probably asking. “Beherit” is the … Continue reading Cult favorite Beherit for completists, not casual fans